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In the news

The opening of the observatory has attracted quite a lot of publicity over the past few days. The television coverage featured on East Midlands Today and regional news bulletins is now available online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-16610026, and the audio feature from … Continue reading

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BBC Stargazing Live 2012

Our first Stargazing Live event for 2012 took place on Monday 16th January. Our Moon-themed event was led by Dr Daniel Brown from Nottingham Trent University. Common questions about the Moon were addressed such as the origin of its craters … Continue reading

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Opening Night

After many months of planning and development, The Malcolm Parry Observatory was officially opened on the evening of Tuesday, January 17th 2012, by Malcolm Parry, former Chair of Governors at The Long Eaton School (2002-2010) and Anu Ohja, Space Academy … Continue reading

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Friday January 13th saw the final handover of the building by the contractors, Carter Construction. Despite a number of setbacks over the past few months, the building was completed to deadline, ready for this week’s BBC Stargazing Live events and … Continue reading

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The telescope is in

As the construction phase nears an end, today saw the very significant step of the installation of the main telescope, a Meade LX200 16 inch. The very complex process of creating the observatory, within the larger build project, began several … Continue reading

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A room with a view

This week has seen the spiral staircase installed in the observatory. To access the telescope will require an ascent of over two metres from the first floor to the mezzanine floor inside the dome. Also completed over the last two … Continue reading

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The first floor

After a quiet period for the build, Friday saw the first floor completed. The metal decking had previously been installed, and can be seen here around the telescope column. Before the floor slab was poured, concrete was pumped into the … Continue reading

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